Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society welcomes Attorney-General appointment

Date 16 Feb 2015
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Queensland Law Society today welcomed the appointment of Yvette D’Ath MP as Attorney-General.

The appointment was announced by the recently elected Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Ms D’Ath was admitted after completing her Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and worked in a variety of careers including working at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and as senior industrial advocate for the Australian Workers' Union in Queensland before entering Federal politics where she was Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry, and Innovation. She won the State seat of Redcliffe at the 22 February 2014 by-election.

President Michael Fitzgerald said that the Society was looking forward to consulting with the new government on providing practical solutions aligned with the Society’s pre-election Call to Parties.

“In their response to the Society’s Call to Parties prior to the election, the Labor Party pledged a commitment to evidence-based policy making, ongoing consultation and increases to Legal Aid funding over time,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“The Society believes these are the key issues that will affect Queensland’s legal profession and the wider community in the next three years.

“The Labor Party also pledged to review the process of appointment of judicial officers in Queensland, repeal anti-association legislation and repeal the impairment threshold for access to common-law claims arising out of workplace injuries.

“We look forward to working with the new Attorney-General in achieving these goals.”